The tourism industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With mandatory stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and social distancing guidelines, resorts and other tourist attractions have been struggling to stay afloat.
Rules and restrictions are constantly changing as the pandemic continues to unfold around the world. In Cancun, one of the most popular tourist destinations in North America, businesses are preparing to see a surge in travelers.
Hotels and resorts in Cancun are now authorized to operate at 80 percent capacity.
This instruction came from the Ministry of Tourism for Quintana Roo in an effort to manage the increased demand expected through the holiday season.
Typically, businesses can operate at 60 percent capacity at this stage, but the Ministry of Tourism’s new guidelines will overrule this requirement.
Only the businesses that are certified under the Quintana Roo safety and health protocol program are granted this increased occupancy, and they’ll need to apply for a permit.
There are currently more than 7,000 businesses in the state that are eligible and can apply for increased capacity.
COVID-19 cases are still a concern in Cancun and Quintana Roo. There were 214 new cases and 13 deaths announced over the weekend, so travelers still need to take precautions.
Fortunately, Cancun has been handling high volumes of tourists for several months, so they’re well-practiced in managing pandemic restrictions and guidelines. The tourism industry has rebounded in Cancun more than in any other North American destination, and many travelers have praised the city for its strict protocols.
Mexico’s entry requirements are currently more lax than the restrictions in many other countries. The country has great direct flight connectivity, too, which makes it easy for travelers to get to their destination while minimizing their time in airports and on planes.
A recent decree by the governor of Quintana Roo has made masks mandatory. Travelers report that resort staff and other tourists have been adhering to this law.
Around three million tourists are planning to travel to Cancun in the near future. Travelers should take all recommended precautions to stay safe and healthy during their vacations.